Discouraged by shrinking freelancing opportunities at women’s magazines and poor representation of female writers in thought-leader publications like The Atlantic and Harper’s, author Laura Fraser, magazine editor Peggy Northrop and publishing dynamo Rachel Greenfield created Shebooks, a curated collection of ebooks for women. Each book has fewer than 10,000 words and designed to be devoured in an hour or two. Available through a subscription or by individual purchase, Shebooks features a wide variety of content and caters to female readers.
The Shebooks founders were motivated by a desire to see more women writers published and allow female readers access to the kind of material they want. “The economics are stacked against the kind of stories women really care about,” SFGate quoted cofounder Northrop saying in a July 13 article. “Advertisers aren’t going to support those stories. But if you’re supported by subscribers, you can reach women directly.